Sort of like clichés, a trope is a common (or even overused) theme or device. If you think your story is original, guess again. Take a gander at tvtropes.org, and I bet you’ll be singing a new tune. You’ll also be laughing since it’s just so gosh-darn snarky.
Heck, I thought The Spirit-Hunters was pretty unique, but I was way wrong. Check it out:
My villain is most assuredly an Evil Sorcerer while there is definitely a character with Lich-like aspects in there too. Of course, there are many, many Type V Zombies who make up a Keystone Army (sort of) and are kinda Made of Plasticine with Vein O Vision. Oh, and there are some Ghosts floating around.
Have I overwhelmed you enough? I sure overwhelmed myself! While I know that being original is hard, I don’t think I ever realized it was so impossible!
However, don’t be discouraged. Like I’ve said before,
So what about your WIP? What tropes fill it? Be warned — if you start scanning tvtropes.org now, your life will stop for (at least) a few hours. Mine just did…